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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Love
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
 
I ASKED of Time to tell me where was Love;
He pointed to her footsteps on the snow,
Where first the angel lighted from above,
And bid me note the way and onward go;
Through populous streets of cities spreading wide,        5
By lonely cottage rising on the moor,
Where bursts from sundered cliff the struggling tide,
To where it hails the sea with answering roar,
She led me on; o’er mountain’s frozen head,
Where mile on mile still stretches on the plain,        10
Then homeward whither first my feet she led
I traced her path along the snow again;
But there the sun had melted from the earth
The prints where first she trod, a child of mortal birth.
 
 
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